The battle over keeping certain forested areas roadless rages on.
From the Post:
The 353 miners employed in Oxbow Mining’s Elk Creek mine, and 700 at neighboring coal mines, could become collateral damage in the debate in Denver and Washington, D.C., over how to manage 58.4 million acres of national forest land. The land was designated for protection as “roadless” in 2001, when President Bill Clinton ordered a moratorium on new road-building in an effort to keep the last wild forests pristine.
Ritter is considering whether to forward to the federal government an alternative state plan for the 4.1 million national forest acres in Colorado — a plan that would make an exception for coal mining and for ski areas and towns threatened by wildfire that want to remove beetle-killed trees.
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